Business Ethics

Course Details

Course Number: 3323  Section Number: 103

Fall 2010

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 329

Days & Times:

MW 2:00-3:20pm

Course Attachments

Syllabus  Business Ethics Syllabus Fall 2010-20100901-134203.docx


MSU Faculty Member
Barry Macha   
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Course Objectives

The primary learning goals of this class are to strengthen the student’s ability to anticipate, critically analyze, appropriately respond to, and provide leadership regarding ethical issues the student will confront as an employee and eventually as a manager of people and business enterprises.

Grading Standards

Exam Policy: A student must take each and every exam at the date and time announced in class.  Failure to do so will result in zero credit for that exam (including the final exam).  Any deviation from this policy because of illness or emergency should be approved in advance and properly documented.


Grading: Grading breakdown will be as follows:


  • Four (4) Exams @ 100 points each                                400 points
  • Final Exam @ 200 points (Comprehensive)                    200 points
  • Class Participation, Assigned Exercises, & Attendance  250 points

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance: This is a participative class in which discussion is vital to understanding the subject and will be considered significantly in grading.  Students are expected to attend all class meetings for this course, following the university’s attendance policy.  See the Midwestern State University (MSU) Undergraduate Catalog, Volume LXXVII, No. 1, pg. 90.  Each student is allowed six (6) absences for the entire semester.  Notwithstanding anything herein contained to the contrary, any student who misses three (3) consecutive classes or has ten (10) or more absences will receive a final grade of F.  If either occurs before Oct. 18, 2010 (the official drop date), the student will be dropped with an F.

Other Policies

Academic Integrity:


With regard to academic honesty, students are referred to the “Student Honor Creed” in the MSU Undergraduate Catalog.


Americans with Disabilities Act:


This class follows the guidelines suggested by the Center for Counseling and Disabilities Services for those students who qualify for disability services.  Please see the MSU Undergraduate Catalog for information and contact your professor.


Syllabus Change Policy:         


This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.